1985 Toyota Corolla Levin AE111 power

FOTD 2018.4.11 (black levin AE86 600)* TRD lightweight FRP hood (rare!)
* AE111 engine swap
* HEAVYDUTY fuel pump
* HKS Power Flow air cleaner
* AE86 & AE92 ECU
* CAM gears
* PERFORMANCE exhaust
* DRIFTABLE as is
* MAINTAINED well
* AERO front lip & sideskirts installed
* AERO plane alternate name for airplane
* COOLANT replaced
* TOTAL  5W-90 MT oil
* TOTAL 85W-140 diff oil
* VALVOLINE 5W-40 engine oil
* FORTY weight sounds nice Continue reading

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Daily JDM Word: Ichi-Go!

WOTD 2018.4.7 (ichigo)Today’s word イチゴ/ICHI-GO is comprised of イチ/ICHI (one) and ゴ/GO (five), and refers to the S15 generation (1999-2002) of the Silvia line.  Similarly, previous Silvias and some other popular tuning vehicles also have nicknames based on the numbers in their chassis codes.
Silvia S13 イチサン/ICHI-SAN (one three)
Silvia S14 イチヨン/ICHI-YON (one four)
Skyline R32 サン二/SAN-NI (three two)
Skyline R33… Continue reading

Daily JDM Word: Fukumen!

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Today’s word is 覆面/FUKU-MEN, comprised of the characters 覆/FUKU (hide or cover) and 面/MEN (face), and means incognito, concealed identity, etc. This term is applicable in a wide array of facets in daily life such as masked wrestlers (viva Lucha Libre!) , author pen names, artist pseudonyms, etc. In the automotive world, it usually refers to an undercover パトカー/PATO-KAA (patrol/police car).

An overwhelming majority of FUKUMEN PATO-KAAs are Toyota Crownsand Nissan Skylines (V35), but other present and recent past cars include:
* Sedans: Toyota Mark X, Nissan Teana, Nissan Cedric, Nissan Gloria, Suzuki Kizashi, Subaru Legacy
* Wagons/Vans: Nissan Stagea, Nissan ElGrand, Toyota Hi-Ace, Toyota Alphard
* Coupes: Nissan Skyline, Nissan Leopard, Toyota Soarer
* Compacts: Honda Insight, Suzuki SX4, Toyota Prius

Common FUKUMEN specs:
Color: white, black, grey or silver
Engine: 6 cyl. preferred
Body Style: often 4-door sedans, but others exist (see above ↑)
Typical Giveaways:
* Dark tint on rear windows (privacy, bro)
* Driver AND passenger (teamwork, bro)
* Special antenna(e) in rear (communication, bro)
* Two interior rearview mirrors (visibilty, bro)
* Dimple on roof (single light placement, bro)
* Sparkling clean (pride in work, bro)
* Few or no badges/emblems (weight reduction, bro)

Bonus fact for Initial D fans: The standard black/white patrol cars are often called パンダ/PANDA (panda).

If you like R34 sedans, check these out!!

2000 R34 engine/Gloria Face swap
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1999 R34 GT-T clean and long parts list (grab a beer, pull up a chair)
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1998 R34 GT-T Wallet Saver!
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Daily JDM Word: Kajyuu-Idoh!

WOTD kaijyuuidoh FINToday’s word: 荷重移動/KAJYUU-IDOH, is comprised of the words 荷重/KAJYUU (weight/load) and 移動/IDOH (transfer/shift).  During 減速/GENSOKU (deceleration), especially when フルブレーキング/FURU-BUREIKINGU (full braking) is applied, the weight of the vehicle will drastically shift towards the フロント/FURONTO (front).  On the other hand (you have different fingers), the weight will naturally shift to the リア/RIA (rear) during  加速/KASOKU (acceleration), and more prominently so if the アクセル/AKUSERU (gas pedal) is at 全開/ZENKAI (full throttle).

KAJYUU-IDOU written:
* in Katakana = カジュウイドウ
* in Hiragana = かじゅういどう
* in Kanji = 荷重移動

** Be careful not to confuse KAJYUU with KAIJYUU, which are giant and destructive  monsters/beasts such as Godzilla, Mothra, King Kong, etc.

What JDM words do YOU want to learn? Let us know!

Daily JDM Word: Dora-Teku

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Today’s word ドラテク/DORA-TEKU (driving technique) is comprised of the first portions of ドライビング/DORAIBINGU (driving) and テクニック/TEKUNIKKU (technique).  Many DORATEKU involve skilled manipulation of the アクセル/AKUSERU (gas pedal), ブレーキ/BUREIKI (brake), クラッチ/KURATCHI (clutch), and ハンドル/HANDORU (steering wheel) among others.

Some examples of DORATEKU include:
フェイント・モーション/FEINTO MOHSHON (feint motion)
クラッチ蹴り/KURATCHI KERI (clutch kick)
左足ブレーキ/HIDARI ASHI BUREIKI (left foot braking)
荷重移動/KAJYUU IDOH (weight transfer)
溝落とし/MIZO OTOSHI (gutter drop)
チョイ引き/CHOI BIKI (slight e-brake pull)

Other words that start with ドラ/DORA
ドライブ/DORAIBU = drive
ドライバー/DORAIBAA = driver
ドラマ/DORAMA = drama
ドラマチック/DORAMACHIKKU = dramatic
ドライヤー/DORAIYAA = hair dryer
ドラキュラ/DORAKYUURA = Dracula
ドラフトビール/DORAFUTO BIIRU = draft beer
ドライクリーニング/DORAI KURIININGU = dry cleaning

1987 Honda Civic Si Kanjo racer

FOTD 2018.2.22 (EF Civic Kanjo) FINAL* MUGEN engine mounts
* MUGEN transmission mounts
* MUGEN N1 CPU
* FUJITSUBO headers
* SKUNK2 aluminum radiator
* KINOKUNI oil cooler
* ONEOFF sports charger
* ONEOFF upper hosing
* ONEOFF lower hosing
* TAKEOFF your clothes
* RG HS dampers f:14, r:12
* MUGEN MR5 wheels
* KANSAI paint PG80 series
* LOW 42sec lap at Suzuka G-Course
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert) Continue reading

1986 Toyota Corolla Levin AE86 coupe

FOTD 2018.2.19 (ae86 levin blue coupe)* SARD fuel pump
* PERFORMANCE stainless steel exhaust
* FUJITSUBO stainless exhaust manifold
* GT-spec interior
* KOUKI front seats
* KOUKI rear seats (mint!)
* PANASONIC blue battery
* BLACK Racing 8spoke wheels
* FRONT tower bar
* CUSTOM front springs
* TRD front shocks (because performance)
* TRD rear springs (because performance)
* TURD on paint (because pigeon)
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1988 Porsche 911 real RWB 930

FOTD 2018.2.18 (PORSCHE RWB) FINAL* BUILT by RWB 7 years ago
* RS spec interior
* BILSTEIN suspension
* LSD installed
* BRIDGESTONE Potenza RE71R 265/35-18
* ENGINE overhaul 3 years ago
* OVER $8,000 spent on engine overhaul
* COMPUTER replaced
* STRAIGHT exhaust
* AC removed for weight reduction
* AC parts available (you install)
* RECARO power seats
* POWER window switch relocated in seats
* QUICK shift kit
* CUSTOM shift knob
* PIONEER Carrozzeria CD audio
* KENWOOD woofers
* ROADLEGAL (has valid “sha-ken” cert) Continue reading